The Brian Ritchie Collection of H.E.I.C. and British India Medals

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2005

Sold for £2,500

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

The Third Mahratta War medal for the capture of Poona to Private George Evans, 65th Foot

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Poona (G. Evans, 65th Foot) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, sometime cleaned and lacquered, edge bruise, otherwise very fine £2500-3000

Footnote

Sold at Glendining in January 1901.

Only 75 clasps issued to European recipients including 42 to the 65th Foot.

George Evans was born in the Parish of Wotton, Warwickshire, and attested for the 56th Regiment at London on 11 February 1815, aged 16 years 5 months. He volunteered to H.M’s 65th Regiment in September 1816, and to H.M’s 20th Regiment in June 1822, from which regiment he was discharged at Canterbury on 31 May 1837. During his total service of nearly 32 years, George Evans served in the East Indies twenty years, two hundred and forty seven days, throughout the entire of the Deccan War, and twice in the Persian Gulf with the 65th Regiment.’

Ref: WO 97/394